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Issue #7011/21/08 - 12/19/08

M a r i n e rA Publication For Where Land Endswww.marinermagazine.com

A M a g a z i n e F o r T h e M a r i n a d e l R e y B o a t i n g C o m m u n i t y


Interview with a Towboat Captain

Zac Sunderland Update

Racing Tips

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I know this is a subject that gets discussed a lot, but I think it’s just good to slap another coat on it – if you will. The beauty of the West Coast is this amazing bonus of being able to sail year round. I’m from New York and around this time of year everyone wraps ‘em up and throws them in the back yard for almost three seasons. It’s fantastic to be able to keep it going year round – I’m always humbled by this luxury. That said - it’s a time to be real careful. I’m not a safety nut, in fact I think there’s an argument to be had about fear in boating as it relates to consumerism, but I hate those kinds of arguments. Looking back on the month, there’s three instances that came into my periphery that reminded me of the Ocean’s brawn. The first is in themag – theloss of Larry Beane’s 46-foot cruiser. Larry probably should have moved the boat inside the harbor, but it was still a reminder

that the ocean doesn’t care that you had plans to cruise the South Pacificoranythingelse. Itdoeswhat it wants and we have to react to it – never the other way round. The second is a friend of mine who came back from Catalina in that same storm, in a large boat, over 80-feet, but he said it didn’t feel large. In fact, he described 15-foot violent seas that didn’t appreciate their being out there – and the ocean let him know in no uncertain terms. The last is my own personal experience. It’s not very exciting, but in the context of the month’s happenings, seems relevant. We were sailing to Avalon in my 21-foot catamaran – the weather called for 20-knots gusting to 25. I thought, “that doesn’t sound too bad...I’ll put a reef in the main and break down the jib if need be.” We got out in front of Palos Verdes and it came up very fast

-five-knots to 18 in amatter ofthree-minutes. It was kind of jarring. Something felt wrong. I turned the boat around and headed home, feeling sort of lame and defeated. But with more reflectionI think itwascorrect.Could I have made it without a problem? Probably. However, the crew, the conditions and my attitude weren’t up for what might have arisen – so I ate the crow, then turned and burned (as they say).

I’ll get ‘em next time...

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Thanks for picking it up!

Cover: “Red Sky” by Pat Reynolds.

Weather You Like it or Not

Coming Events 4

Off The Wire 6

No Easy Path 10The Latest on Circumnavigator Zac Sunderland

Washed Up Dreams 1246-Foot Cruising Boats Washes Up on Shore

Interview with a Towboat Captain 14Interview with Sparky Mundo by Carlos Valencia

Powertails 16White Seabass Release EventRacing 20

Cruising 22

Ask the Experts 23

Ask Mookie 24

Classifieds 26

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November 25 How to Read a Nautical Chart 12-

04 #1 Marina del ReyRegistrationstartsat6:30pmonthefirstnight,Class begins at 7:00 p.m. A three-hour seminar course unraveling the mystery of charts. This course, taught over two sessions, will provide the navigator with the knowledge to interpret the chart\’s contents to navigate safely to their destination and return to port. Text and training chart included. This course is appropriate for both Power and Sail Boaters. Classes are taught in the beautiful facilities of the Del Rey Yacht Club, in Marina del Rey. For more information, contact Hal Pruett at 310-397-6288, or by e-mail at [email protected]. Email: [email protected]. - www.uscgamdr.org/classes/index.html

November 27Thanksgiving Feast at the Harbor

ReefTraditional family style Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings in a great island setting. For many this has become another island tradition.

December 2 How to Read a Nautical Chart 12-

04 #2 Marina del Rey2nd and final session for this cours. Classbegins at 7:00 p.m. A three hour seminar course unraveling the mystery of charts. This course, taught over two sessions, will provide the navigator with the knowledge to interpret the chart\’s contents to navigate safely to their destination and return to port. Text and training chart included. This course is appropriate for both Power and Sail Boaters. Classes are taught in the beautiful facilities of the Del Rey Yacht Club, in Marina del Rey. For more information, contact Hal Pruett at 310-397-6288, or by e-mail at [email protected]. Email:[email protected] or www.uscgamdr.org/classes/index.html

December 13Marina del Rey Holiday Parade

Festively decorated boats illuminate the main channel in one of the Marina’s most visually exciting events. Actual show preceded by a shortfireworksdisplayintheMainChannelat5:55 p.m. Best viewing: Burton Chace Park & Fisherman’s Village. 310-670-7130.

OngoingSailing Singles of Southern Cali-

forniaSailing Singles of Southern California is a Sailing Club Centered in Marina del Rey but open to all Sailing Enthusiasts from the Greater Los Angeles area. We meet twice monthly, at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at the Marina Venice Yacht Club, 4333 Admiralty Way located at the Marina City Club West Tower in Marina del Rey. There is a $10 meeting donation per person that includes a light dinner. Drinks are available at a full bar at very reasonable prices. Club members will meet and socialize with sailboat owners and can arrange for weekend or mid-week sails in Santa Monica Bay. After sailing, club members can enjoy wine and cheese parties of full dinners on member’s boats. Catalina Island trips and special events are also planned. For information: (310) 822-0893 or Email: [email protected].

Marina Single Sailing ClubSince 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers and crew in a friendly social environment for daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises to Catalina and other destinations. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on the patio at Burton Chace Park under the Club banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. with a free Continental breakfast and socializing. We hold a brief business meeting and then head out for an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which we gather at a member’s dock for wine, snacks and more socializing. Visitors are welcome and may attend two meetings free. No prior sailing experience is necessary. Married people welcome! For more info call (310) 226-8000 or visit www.marinasinglesailors.org

Single Mariners Meeting Social meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. the 1st and 3rdThursdayofeachmonthatPacificMarinersYacht Club on 13915 Panay Way in Marina del Rey. Meeting donation is $7.00, which includes a light buffet dinner. At these meetings, skippers and crew sign up for day sails. On sailing days the Single Mariners meet at 9:30 a.m. for

breakfast at the Marina del Rey Hotel on 13534 Bali Way, spend the afternoon sailing and then return to the docks for a wine and cheese social. Novices are welcome and encouraged. For more info call (310) 289-3338.Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The meeting, held at 7:30, is preceded by a social hour, and a light dinner is served. Each meeting features a guest speaker discussing their adventures and achievements. WSA invites boaters of all skill levels to join. Its programs, include day sails, seminars, parties, and cruises including destinations such as King Harbor, Catalina and the northern Channel Islands, For membership information contact Sandy Penrod. at [email protected] or on the web at www.wsasmb.org.

Catalinas of Santa Monica Bay, Owners of Catalina Yachts

Join us for our monthly meetings at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. We would like to welcome Catalina owners to join our club. We have speakers, cruises to Catalina, races and other events throughout the year. Our doors open at 6:00 for happy hour and then dinner around 7 to 7:30 and our main event after that. Join the fun and meet other owners of Catalinas. For more info email [email protected].

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On Saturday, December 13, 2008, in the main channel of the marina, the 46th Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade will be taking place. Fireworks kick off the parade at 5:55 p.m. It’s now time to start making your boat parade plans – whether it’s to gather family and friends to watch the parade or coming up with a creative design for a boat to enter the parade for your chance to win a trip for two to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

When speaking to people who have been a part of the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade (formerly the Christmas Boat Parade) for many years, they get excited and animated in remembering the fun times they had decorating their boats and how the marina becomes a big party celebrating the holiday season,” said boat parade President Cindy Williams. “The one thing we heard over and over again was how everyone came together to make it all happen. It is our hope for you that wonderful memories are made from the fun time you had at this year’s boat parade.”

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” (this year’s

theme), and Santa himself will be the Grand Marshal. Santa will also be available for photos before the parade, so bring your young ones to Burton Chace Park from 3 - 4 p.m. For event information and parade entry forms, please visit our website at www.mdrboatparade.org or call (310) 670-7130.

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SAN PEDRO, Calif. -- The crew of CGC Halibut, homeported in Marina del Rey assisted a stranded sailor Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 100 miles off the coast of southern California. The boater was sailing his 44-foot sailboat to California from Hawaii when he ran into trouble.

The skipper, whose name is being withheld, was able to use a HAM radio to contact another HAM radio operator in Florida, who then contacted the Coast Guard in California. CGC Halibut departed from Marina del Rey shortly after 12 a.m. October 14, 2008. The crew of CGC Halibut towed the vessel closer to shore where it was then transferred to a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Channel Islands who towed the vessel safely to port.

Spokesman Anthony Turner says the 44-foot ketch Sisuito had torn sails and had run out of fuel.

The Coast Guard urges boaters whether they are on day trip in coastal waters or on an extended trip to file a Float Plan (http://www.floatplancentral.org/) with aresponsible party. If the boater will be beyond the range of VHF marine communications alternate means of reliable communications must be considered, such as a satellite telephone. It is also highly recommend that the boater be equipped with an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs).

Caption: San Pedro, Calif. -- Crewmembers from CGC Halibut, homeported in Marina del Rey, throw a tow line to a stranded vessel 100 miles off the coast of Southern California October 14, 2008. The vessel was sailing to California from Hawaii when it ran out of fuel.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by CGC Halibut crew)

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According to the US Coast Guard, all applicable laws and regulations will apply to the use of a ‘stand up paddleboard & paddleboard’ that pertain to vessels under the U.S.C.G, such as wearing the appropriate USCG approved type of lifejacket pursuant to the waterway being operated under, and not limited to other regulations. The Chief of Boating Safety for the U.S.C.G.hasofficiallyrecognizedapaddleboardas a vessel.

These laws will apply to enforcement of the boating safety regulations for paddleboard specificuse.

Based upon the information available, the USCG determined when beyond the narrow limitsofswimming,surfingorbathingarea,thedevice known as a “paddleboard” is a vessel under 46 U.S.C.&2101, and therefore subject to applicable regulations administered by the USCoastGuardanditsOfficeofAuxiliaryandBoatingSafety,unlessspecificallyexempted.

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Sail Head Long Into Your Dreamsby Mauro Werneck Monteiro

Sail head long into your dreamsFinding the wide open seas, awaitingAwakening to a horizonWhere the sun is bornWhere you belong, naked and childlikeLost in the waves of forgotten antiquity Diveheadfirstintothewatersoflife,friendFind the treasure hiding ancient wisdomWater tribe knowledge spilling truthLike wine to the unrelenting tideOf insincere and visionless tyrants Sail head long into the windEven lonesome and landlocked losersHave dreams the size of all the seasLonging for love and uncoveringAll of life’s mysteries You’ve challenged the waters beforeAnd you will take on many moreOceanic journeys, cosmic voyagesInterplanetary harbors of beauty and lightWhere only the sky knows your destinationLingering just for the storiesFrom far-away stars Sail on friendSaiil head long into your dreams

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ALEXANDRIA, Va - Would you like to help make your home waters a little cleaner? The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is offering grant funds up to $4,000 each for communitynon-profitgroupstodevelopprojects that address environmental problems on local waterways. Since 1997 the annual BoatU.S. Foundation Clean Water Grant program has awarded over $300,000 to improve the marine environment, funding 149 projects in 35 states. This year’s deadline to apply is February 2, 2009.

“Groupshaveflexibilityindecidingwhatneeds to be addressed, whether it’s a pollution issue, preventing the spread of invasive species, or other environmental concern,” said BoatU.S. Foundation Director of Environmental Programs Susan Shingledecker.

In the past, groups have received funding

to create brochures that help educate boaters about the availability of pumpout stations, built and installed information kiosks on waterway ecology, added monofilamentrecyclingbinsforanglers,erected signage on clean water practices, and hosted a river clean up contests.

“The bottom line is that we will consider any project that strives to educate boaters about protecting the marine environment,” added Shingledecker.

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e can often think that the dream of a circumnavigation is sailing from one perfect sunset into the next. However, those that have actually

embarked and had the privilege to do so often tell a very different story. The challenges faced can be unlike any ever experienced on land. The test of endurance stretches us beyond the realm of normalcy. For those who have endured, these are the experiences that mould us.

Zac has been and is going through a challenging time out there. A time that he will surely remember for a long time.

It was Saturday and Toby and Jessie had back-to-back soccer games early. The weather here was unusually stormy with periodic heavy rain, lightening and thunder. I couldn’t help thinking of Zac out there in the middle of the Indian Ocean and the squalls he has been facing recently. Jessie’s game was interrupted by the weather and was supposed to resume but half of the opposing team had gone home and so had a victory by default. Then Toby’s team was in the middle of a great game that they won 3:1, taking them to the top of their league, when my cell phone rang. I recognized Zac’s number and realizing that it was after midnight where he was I knew that this was going to demand my full attention. There was no time for small talk as Zac informed me of his current dilemma.

The forestay had come adrift from the chain plate on the bow in 8-10 ft confused swells and 20-knots of wind and building. I was thankful

that we had decided to put the cutter stay in because it’s presence obviously saved the rig. I told him to set both spinnaker halyards to take up the load and tie the forestay off to stop it flailingaroundintheconditions.Unfortunately,the phone connection was not that good and we both found ourselves having to repeat several times before actually understanding each other.

Knowing he was fatigued and the task at hand was serious, I told him to check his harness and be careful. From the hours of midnight to 3:00 a.m. he wrestled with the situation. What made this all the more awkward was the fact that he was unable to furl his genoa.

Going on deck can be challenging during the best of times. Trying to undertake these tasks in the conditions Zac was in is very dangerous. As I hung up with Zac, I was sobered by his daunting task at hand. I wanted him to stabilize the situation so he could analyze it and make a morepermanentfixduringdaylighthours.

Prayer requests went out as we waited to hear and our anxiety went up a notch. The ensuing hours seemed an eternity. Then the phone rang. The situation had been stabilized, but not before he had nearly fallen overboard twice (yes, he was harnessed), and the stay with genoa had caughtanunusualgustofwindthatsentitflyingout from the vessel only to come careening back through the life lines narrowly missing him as he jumped out of it’s way.The following day Zac took hold of his situation and we discussed a remedy. I consulted with some of the rigging experts that I know that were

in agreement with our solution to the problem.

Ordinarily Zac would have to take off the furling drum to get to the turnbuckle. Knowing that this would be quite a task and would more than likely end up with part of the furling system in the water we decided to loosen the main sheet aft stay and aft lowers whilst keeping tension on the spinnaker halyards to move the top of the mast forward. He did this and managed to get a couple of shackles to hold the stay to the chain plate. He used seizing wire to ensure that the shackles would not work loose and then he re-tuned the rig.

Zac is currently making repairs and reprovisioning in Port Louis in Mauritius, an island off the coast of Africa. His next stop will be Durban South Africa.

In an interesting development, Zac apparently has some competition coming from the Bristish Isles.

According to the Sunday Times online a British teenager cast off alone on November 15th in an attempt to become the youngest person to sail non-stop around the world single-handed as well.

Michael Perham, 16, looks to arrive back in Portsmouth Harbor in time to celebrate his 17th birthday next March. If successful, he would add another record to the one he set two years ago by sailing the Atlantic solo at the age of 14.


It’s not easy to circle the globe alone, but 16-year-old Zac Sunderland is doing it anyway in his solo record-breaking round the world journey that began in Marina del Rey back in June. Sunderland has now reached the halfway mark.

The Indian Ocean is testing the mettle of the teenage mariner. In this excerpt from his blog (www.zacsunderland.com) Zac’s father speaks with concern about the challenges his eldest son is facing.

By Laurence Sunderland

No Easy PathA r o u n d t h e W o r l d A l o n e

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round this time of year, after a storm, it’s not uncommon to see boats anchored in Ballona Creek come loose from their hooks and end up on nearby Dockweiler

Beach. It happens often, but the last one to wind up there garnered more attention and chatter than many of the others.

Carmina Mare, Captain Larry Beane’s 46-foot Bob Perry designed motor-sailor washed ashore one Sunday morning around 11 a.m. in steady 25-knot winds and powerful seas. Many of the boats that find their way onto that stretch ofbeach look worse for the wear and it’s almost expected that they would suffer such a finalindignity, but Carmina Mare was a loaded up strong thoroughbred cruiser – well looked after and actively cruising the Southern California waterways on down to the tip of Baja Mexico.

Many local Marina del Rey boaters knew the boat from the years it was docked directly outside of Mermaid’s Cafe. Patrons would eat their lunch and Larry would often be working on the boat adding new cruising gear or taking passengers out for day sails. All the time the boat lived in that slip Beane was longing to some day

depart for a life of full time cruising. He planned to spend time in Mexico, the Polynesian Islands and possibly a circumnavigation, if all went well.

A couple of years ago, Beane untied his lines for the last time from the docks outside the little cafe and made his way to Cabo san Lucas where he would run charters on Carmina Mare trying to sock away money to get further down south asfinanceswouldallow.Forthepastcoupleofsummers he would return to Marina del Rey, but Beane hoped to make his way towards the South Pacificthistimearound.

Unfortunately, the weather Gods had other plans in store for Larry and Carmina Mare. While he was out of town, high winds blew in and took his home, his job and his passion and tossed it on the sand.

“A big storm came in and I wasn’t in town,” said Beane of the incident. “I have a bridle and an anchor chain hook. The chain hook came off the anchor chain and then the chain just ran out with such speed – it broke the bitter end. That was thefirsttimethathadeverhappened–youliveand learn.”

Initially, it was a traumatic event, but not a hopeless situation.

“Atfirstitwasn’tthatbad,”saidBeane.“Iwentaboardand itwasfine– the insidewasn’twetat all. I thought, great – we’re going to just pull this off. But then later on, the tide came in and the backsplash knocked the boat over [so the cabin top was now facing the surf].”

Once the boat had flipped with the cabinfacing the crashing waves the situation began to deteriorate. The relentless pounding soon smashed out a window and hatch filling thecruiser with water and adding more weight to the already 50,000 lb. beached vessel.

Sea Tow came on the scene, pumped out the water and tried to sure up the boat for a high tied attempt to re-floatCarmina Mare. Sadly, all attempts were futile and Beane was forced to give up, leaving the boat to the abuse of the shore-break.

The next step is for the Los Angeles County Department Beaches and Harbors to step in and address a safe removal of the vessel from the beach.

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Larry Beane’s Carmina Mare soon after it washed up on a Playa del Rey Beach.

Washed Up Dreams


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By Carlos Valencia

I’ll admit it. I went along for many years thinking I would never need the services of a towboat. After all, I said to myself, our boat was well equipped and maintained, my wife and I had just cruised from San Francisco to Florida, and we were self-sufficient. So how did we end up high and dry on a shoal one Saturday morning with fishing boat wakes making us repeatedly hit bottom like a pile driver? It was easy: we were unfamiliar with the Intercoastal Waterway buoys and made a wrong turn. It happened instantly, we were shocked, and just couldn’t believe this was happening to us. Especially after all we had been through on our cruise from San Francisco to the U.S. East Coast.

Events like these can give us quite a jolt because they usually happen unexpectedly, and problems quickly cascade, leading to a need for assistance. Adding to the tension and stress of the moment is crew confusion, adverse weather, new surroundings, and poor visibility.

We were lucky, the grounding was minor, and we took a tow off the shoal from a local tow service. That incident, however, was a full wake-up call to the reality that we were not immune to mishaps like that, even with experience and a good boat.

I met Capt. Sparky Mundo at the Pacific Mariner’s Y.C. at Marina del Rey, where he is now a Staff Commodore/Port Captain and a “Goodwill Ambassador” as he likes to put it. He is a “lovable character” at the club in a rough and tough sort of way, but I could easily sense his deep, genuine interest in helping fellow boaters. Owing to a serious knee problem, Sparky recently retired from being a towboat captain.

How did you get to be a towboat captain?Mundo: I’ve been in boating and on the water since I was 6 or 7. I learned how to sail when I was 18 and I’ve owned a number of sailboats. I now have an old Grand Banks that I just brought down from Alameda a few months ago. I’m excited about getting it ready for a trip to Mexico.

I worked in the electrical construction industry and graduated into high-voltage transmission work for large industrial operations. That’s where I learned about rigging, climbing, and understanding the stresses of cable or line. Those were experiences that really helped me as a tow captain.

I found a different type of person doing that type of work, the “no bull” situation with “real guys” you could depend on.

With a Coast Guard Captain’s license, I was able to work for a friend who owned a local towboat company in the Santa Monica Bay area. I had the skills and the qualifications hewanted in his captains. So I was in the towboat business for 6 years. I’m 55 now. A recent knee replacement made it hard for me to do offshore service, so I did mostly in harbor work. I still do occasional boat deliveries to and from Mexico and Hawaii.

How did you approach being a towboat captain?Mundo: We operated with the idea that you just don’t paint a boat red and call it a towboat. The tow company I was with had top of the line, well maintained, equipment that you could count on. For example, I could run large pumps off the main engine and I would have spare pumps with connectors that could be easily passed over to the boat in trouble. We also had the attitude that we would do whatever was necessary to get the job done. Occasionally, I would even go for a part and run it out to the client.

Some people called us vultures. I don’t believe that to be an accurate statement. For example, if I come up on a scene and the party didn’t want to make a contract with us, I would routinely stand by, call the Coast Guard, give a position, that kind of thing. On occasion, the Coast Guard would request that I stand by. Basically,

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our attitude was to help and be of service. My personality was a little more easy-going than my fellow captains in the towboat business, however. I don’t mean to say that the general boating populace has the impression we are out to rip off. This attitude is more from uninformed persons, or the very novice. They might say the very same thing about a tow truck when they break down.

What can we expect from a good towboat captain?Mundo: A good captain must be able to assess the situation, the weather conditions, make a quick and accurate assessment of the situation and the people in distress, and handle the situation appropriately. I have lots of boating experience all over the Southern California coast and into Mexico, so this put me in a position to make important judgments with local information.

Were you self-employed?Mundo: I hate to use the term franchise, but for lack of a better term, it was. Our company had a contractforcoveringaspecificareaupanddownthe coast. Sometimes, especially during holiday periods, I was called into other areas, such as Channel Islands/Ventura. Our company had three boats and I would take my own assigned towboat up. We did the maintenance on our boats as well. I was retired and it was no big dealtojumpinandfixsomething.

What did you like best/least?Mundo: Being on the water. The weather didn’t matter, really. On occasion, I would even gooutfishingwithmywife from the towboatafter my service assignment was finished. Itwas good advertising to be out there. Mostly, I enjoyed meeting people on the water. Some were seasoned boaters who just happened to have a particular problem. Others were inexperienced and a minor problem was a major problem to them. I’ve met a lot of nice people and having a towboat that works well goes a long way toward toning down the “asshole” factor. More often than not, people in distress had a good attitude, unless the fear factor would make them jumpy. In normal situations, it was enjoyable for me.

I’ve responded to a couple of bad accidents where there was a serious injury or death involved. In one instance, a careless boater hit a ship mooring at night, which resulted in two deaths. In another, a small boat went aground near the Del Rey Breakwater and the captain flewoverthetopoftheboatandlandedonthebeach on the back side.

Most of my clients were just out for a good time and had the misfortune to have a problem where they needed assistance. I’ve helped young people,oldercouples,professionalfishermen-a whole range of boaters.

How are captains paid?Mundo: Some captains get 40% of what the boat makes. Typically, I made $35 an hour, which was close to the 40%. Salvages were 10% of what the boat made. It was basically 1 hour to do most of the work within the Marina del Rey Harbor.

What are the most common causes of emergencies?Mundo: In a nutshell, poor maintenance. In the springtime, people go out and it’s then that problems happen: blown hose clamps, fuel pump malfunction, clogged fuel filters, waterin the fuel. Poor maintenance is a big factor resulting in the need for a tow.

What is the difference between an emergency and non-emergency call?Mundo: It can be related to the operator’s ability to properly assess what is going on. For example, I once took a towboat to Catalina Island at a recent Church Mouse Marlin Tournament. On the way back, I responded to a Mayday call from a captain on a 45-foot boat, with kids on board, taking on water. When I got to the boat, the Coast Guard, the Catalina Express ferry, and a news helicopter were all there. The vessel was taking on water, but it turned out to be a blown water hose. If he had thought to turn off the engine, close the thru-hull, it would have turned out to be a non-emergency. I ended up taking him to Long Beach Harbor. Specifically, anemergency situation is where life and property are at grave risk, but it can be a fine line inmaking the assessment. If the boat needed de-watering with our main engine pumps, it would have been in the big emergency category in my view.

Describe a typical tow.Mundo: I’d get a cell phone or radio call. I was living aboard and had my towboat tied next to my sailboat. I would constantly monitor Channel 16.

Typically, with a non-emergency call, the dispatcher would begin on Channel 16, then move communication with the boat in distress to Channel 78. I would monitor both channels. At my end, I would receive a location, an Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA), so I could get under way. The dispatcher would then monitor the situation and give ETA updates as needed.

In an emergency, all communications would stay on Channel 16 to assure continuous contact. Other people would be assisting, typically the Coast Guard, Bay Watch, along with the jurisdictional Harbor Patrol.

Often, it was a simple problem like running out of fuel. I would hand over the fuel, and it was the operator’s responsibility to bleed the engine, etc. if needed. I would not get off of my towboat. If the vessel required more, then the service would turn into a tow rather than being just a fuel delivery. Other times, it was as simple as asking the operator to tap a sticky starter with a hammer. Regardless, I had to quickly and accurately assess the situation for the safety of everyone involved.

The dispatcher would monitor the situation until I completed the assignment and signed off. Sometimes, the Coast Guard vessel would standby on the radio until I secured the boat in some manner to my boat. Then I would notify the Coast Guard that things were in order and that I was in control.

For a typical tow, I would move the vessel back into the harbor. If the captain wanted to go to another harbor, out of my area, no problem, I would take them or make arrangements, such as handing off the vessel to another towboat as required if I would be on duty for over 10 continuous hours.

Who decides where the boat goes?Mundo: The captain can decide. For example, if the homeport is Marina del Rey and the problem occurred at Santa Cruz Island, I could take the vessel to Channel Islands Harbor, which is closer. With proper insurance limits, I could take the vessel to Marina del Rey as well. If I was summoned, and the captain turned out to be uninsured, the rate would have been $150 per hour from the time I left my dock to the time I returned.

Occasionally, if I didn’t have an assignment at the moment, and the local boats out of Ventura/Channel Islands were backed up, I would be dispatched to do work out of my primary area. I got 2 hours return time. Depending on weather, it could be done, but sometimes I needed to spend the night somewhere.

In most instances, things have turned out all right for everyone. As a towboat captain, I always tried to help the distressed vessel’s captain sort out his/her decision choices. It was frustrating to hear people calling us vultures. I’ll never forget the case where a guy got into trouble while

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fishing.Allhehadinhispocketwastwodollars.What the heck, I was already on scene, what could I do? I towed him in, took the two dollars, and called it square. That was our company’s idea of what service should be.

I’ve had situations where I’ve towed guys back to their trailer ramp and they would then scrape a few bucks together for a tip. They made me take it; I didn’t want to do it. You have to want to be there, it’s not just for the money.

What’s the difference between a soft grounding and salvage?Mundo: Without getting into the legalities, an example of a soft grounding is when a boat bumps up on a sandbar at the entrance to a harbor like Marina del Rey. It just needs to be dragged off. I do it, wave and say, “Have a nice day.” On the other hand, a situation that requires another towboat, or the transportation of people to safety, that kind of thing, is much more involved. The basic criterion for salvage is a vessel at risk of being lost or lives being at risk. I’ve seen instances of individuals putting in insurance claims on a soft grounding.

Who is responsible for the safety of the passengers and vessel during a tow?Mundo: Once I hook on, I “own” them. The

whole situation is my responsibility until either I hand the vessel off to another towboat, or until I take the vessel to a secure berthing area. If an accident occurs during a tow, it comes onto my Coast Guard Captain’s License and my personal insurance provided by my company.

When should I call for a tow service vs. the Coast Guard?Mundo: Call the Coast Guard in any life-threatening situation, be it medical, or an imminent sinking or grounding. Any “real emergency.” The Coast Guard has many more resources than boat tow service companies. Lots of times, we happen to be there before the local law enforcement authority or the Coast Guard shows up. If the Coast Guard or the local law enforcement authority assesses it is not a big deal, then we will take over. Ultimately, we would follow their direction.

How can boaters prepare for a tow?Mundo: Most of the time, what messes up a situation is an inexperienced boater, or someone who has gotten nervous, and gave the wrong location for the distressed vessel. With GPS, they may have hit the wrong button or waypoint. I had a case where the client was operating his new GPS in his garage before installing it on his boat. So, when I rolled out from the breakwater,

my tow boat GPS was giving a bearing and distance back on land in Inglewood.

We had a Radio Direction Finder (RDF) as well, so if I were on the radio with the distressed, my instruments would put a circle around the target. Most Towboats have RDF. Generally, we called the vessel periodically and asked for a count down from 10. This is to get a bearing line to the boat in trouble.

Most towboats are really well equipped. They will have whatever it takes to get the job done.

Apparently, some insurance carriers aren’t covering for environmental damage like fuel spills. And, in some cases big, expensive equipment must be used. How did you handle these situations?

The only time I had to deal with that was when a boat sank in a marina, with fuel spilling from the air vent. We requested a large truck full of booms, oil absorbent materials, vacuums, lift bags, you name it. Our boats don’t carry that kind of equipment. That would be another call.Did you ever get calls for elective towing?

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into slips, that kind of thing. In those days, going to the boat yard was on the client. We charged $75 each way with a break if it was round trip.

Who regulates the towboat industry?Mundo: In my situation, the company that owned us controlled us. As captain, I had to dodrugtestsatrandomwhereIhadaspecificperiod of time to comply. If I didn’t, I was out of work. As for standards, I would feel safe in saying either the Coast Guard or the U.S. Department of Transportation. As for day-to-day operation of the service, the company was ultimately responsible.

Is there undue tension between the tow service companies and the insurance carriers?Mundo: Not to my knowledge. I know the payment options were up front for the clients. If the client didn’t have towing insurance, I would put it on a credit card. If the client took a tow from us because his tow service was not available, he/she would pay up front and seek reimbursement from the insurance carrier.

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ou might remember last month’s column, “Hoop Dreams”. In it, I pretended to know something of Catalina and hoop netting lobster. I

now admit that I am a fraud on both counts - well, at least my crew thinks so - they have ate from the bitter fruit of defeat.

Day One - The Dreaded Lobster Report Card and Fuel Dock Fiasco.

Five of us - two men and three boys, stood ready to depart for the great lobster adventure. Only twothingswereneeded- fuelandtheofficial,“Do Not Pass Go Until You Have It”, Lobster Report Card.

“Well,” I said to my crew, “how hard can it be? I’ll just call up the Two Harbors Store and Dive Shop and make sure they have plenty and we’ll buy them when we arrive.”

I called the store. They shouted, “Two Harbors Store.” I heard a loud commotion in the background, “Hey, what’s all the racket?”

A frightened female voice replied, “We just ran out of Lobster Report Cards and there are about

30 people screaming at us that their weekend is ruined! Can I help you?”

“Nope... don’t think so.”

I relayed the ugly news and said, “Looks like I’vegot togofinda reportcard.Shouldn’tbelong.” Yeah, right...

I drove around West L.A. for 3 hours - everybody was out of the goofy forms. I even called Fish and Game in Sacramento...turns out they don’t haveanofficeinLosAngelesThatmakesalotof sense...biggest freakin’ city this side of New York and they decided that they didn’t need an officehere.

After trying every little dive or tackle shop between Marina del Rey and downtown I returned to the marina a defeated man. How could I face my crew? This was their big vacation-turnedintoaflamingdebacleoverapiece of red tape.

I decided to take a chance on the Sport Chalet... Ifigured itwasa long-shot,everybodyelse intown was out. But low and behold they had a few left...I plunked my money down and

clutching the treasure to my chest, ran, cackling like a madman, back to the truck.

When I got back, I found the crew passed out in the cockpit. Out of boredom they had consumed two six packs of soda and three “Party Size” bags of chips...I heard them moaning and belching as I got in the car.

“Comeonboys!Ifinallyfoundthestupidcards.Get ready to cast off!”

Moans gave way to grumbling and sluggish movement...we were on our way! Well, at least to the fuel dock.

Now some of you may have noticed that, of late, the fuel dock has become home to some British mega yachts. It seems there is more money in renting dock space to millionaires than providing fuel to the 5000 boats slipped in Marina del Rey. There was a line of boats stretching into the main basin and only one small docking area remained for actually buying FUEL!

Finally, we were able to wedge the 41 footer into a 40 foot gap and actually buy fuel. As I was watching the spinning numbers on the

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pump, I thought to myself how the county must be getting quite a piece of that, mega yacht slip rent action, to permit the fuel distributor to inconvenience 5000 boaters - boaters, I might add, who are already being gouged by high slip fees. I’m just sayin...

Well, we cleared the sea wall at the crack of noon. The wind was brisk, ahead of the front that was expected the next day, and I was grateful for the autopilot as the crew‘s “chip binge” came..... up and up again.

The crew had recovered somewhat by the time we arrived at Isthmus Cove, where we were told that there was only one mooring left and it was for a 60 footer...I eyed Little Fisherman, but there wasn’t room to anchor a paddleboard in there. I forked over $120.00 bucks...my boys were aghast...they’d never seen the old man pay so much for so little - hell, I’ve bought cars for that much - matter of fact, I’m still drivin’ one of ‘em.

After we got squared away on the mooring, the boys broke out the fishing gear and caught adozen or so mackerel to bait the traps.

After a dinner of “Costco Mystery Casserole”, captain and crew went out to the rocky points of Cherry and Fourth of July Coves to set the traps.

Turns out we weren’t alone. Who would have guessed? As we were setting our traps other hoop netters told us that divers were cleaning the nets out before you could get them up.

They were right. Dive lights could be seen around nets all over the area. Divers came back and checked ours every few minutes. Nathan, my oldest son, wanted to drop an anchor on ‘em...I thought on it for a moment thinking, “accidents will happen.” But, finally thoughtbetter of it - might lose the anchor.

I comforted the boys by telling them that the rain probably wouldn’t come until late in the day on Saturday and we could go ashore for Buccaneer Days in the morning.

Day 2 - Buccaneers, Booze And Babes

Now, before you start thinking that I’m totally out of touch regarding the debauchery endemic of Buccaneer Days, I want you to know that I calledtheTwoHarborsOfficeandaskeditthey

would be having “kid events” this year like they once did a few years ago. In the past, I had called them to complain about the lack of “kid activities”. I was told that this year would be different. There would be activities for kids until about 3 p.m..

We loaded up the skiff and headed to shore around 11:00 a.m. When we arrived drunk pirates were already falling into the water around the over crowded dinghy dock and women in scanty wench garb made the gangway look like a runway at a Victoria Secret Fashion Show.

I looked in vain for the kid games and booths of years past and saw nothing. I asked around about children’s activities and was directed to a picnic table with a couple of four year olds sat, sadly coloring...that was it - all there was.

With a twinkle in my eye, I asked my 15 year old if he’d like to sit down and color...he didn’t hear me... ah... I think he was too busy enjoying the scenery. I pulled the older boy away and hustled him and the 11 year olds over to Catalina Harbor for a hike. However, the older boy kept draggin’ his feet and lookin’ over his shoulder. I had one of those “parent” moments when you realize that fishing, boating, diving and hunting aren’t allthey’re thinkin’ about. It was one of those sad/funny things that sneak up on you and crystalize in a moment. Doesn’t seem all that long ago that I carried him on my shoulders and he laughed at the birds in the park...seasons change, even if you’re not ready for them to.

A light rain began to fall as we stood at the mouth of Cat Harbor watching it roll over the island. We made our way back to the dinghy dock on the Isthmus side, our spirits as soggy as our shoes.

The weather was still damp and drizzly that night. Even so, we set out our nets with hopeful optimism. Unfortunately, we had a repeat of the previous night - couple of small lobster and a lot of big divers around the nets. Much hard, wet, smelly work and time spent, and nothing boiling in the pot at the end of a gloomy day.

We moved down the island the following day under a fresh and sunny sky. We spent the next six days between Rippers and Avalon. Caught over 140 lobster - 90% of them shorts - but nevertheless, we were kept busy and had fresh fishandlobstereveryday.

The island was wonderful, sunny days, clear - calm water, empty beaches and quiet coves - just perfect, for watching your sons grow up.

Captain Richard Schaefer is an USCG Licensed Sailing Master of Vessels up to 100 Tons and skippers charters, instructs in sailing, manages yachts and writes on a variety of topics and has done so for more than 25 years. He can be reached for questions and comments at 310-460-8946 or email at [email protected]

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arina del Rey Anglers released 4,248 juvenile white seabass into the Marina del Rey embayment

during a ceremony last week on November 6. This brings the total releases by MDRA to 70,435 for the program. MDRA is part of the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program, (OREHP), operated by Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) in San Diego in partnership with UASC, SAC, DFG and numerous angling clubs and environmental organizations throughout Southern California.

MDRA and HSWRI were especially pleased withthiscycle’sresults.Thejuvenilefishwerereceived from the HSWRI hatchery facility in Carlsbad, California in the first week ofSeptember. They grew at a rate of over one inch per month during their stay at the Marina del Rey grow out pens. The warm water during September and October were conducive to robust activity and feeding promoting extremely healthy fish and fast growth rates.Darrell Pickford runs the MDRA white seabass facilities and commented, “these white seabass werethehealthiest,fastestgrowingfishwehaveever seen, and spent the least time in our grow out facilities. Our survival rate was 94% which

is also an excellent measure for our success. We wish each of our white seabass the best of luck.”

PickfordnotedthatfishreleasedfromtheMDRAfacilities have been recently recovered from near Catalina Island, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island and off of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Palos Verdes. Legal sized white seabass recovered during the last 18 months which had been previously released from MDRA facilities have been between 4 and 10 years old and ranged in size between 10 and 21 pounds.

The OREHP began releasing cultured juvenile white seabass in 1986. Scientists at HSWRI implant each juvenile white seabass with a coded wire tag in its cheek muscle. The tags identify each batch of fish uniquely and helpscientists evaluate the success of the program. To date the program has raised and released over 1.4 million juvenile white seabass.

White seabass reach legal size after three to four years so we are now seeing the results of all of this effort. The elimination of near shore gill nets, long lines and the introduction of the OREHP have all contributed to the strong

resurgence of the white seabass fishery inSouthern California. In the early 1980’s a sport caught white seabass was rare, and now we are frequentlyexperiencingcatchesoffishupto50pounds.

As part of the tag recovery effort we are encouraging all anglers to turn in their white seabass heads to one of the many collection centers along the Southern California coast including most boat landings, bait docks and many beach area tackle shops. It’s good for science; it’s good for marine conservation and fisheriesandit’spotentiallyveryprofitableforyou. Please turn in all your white seabass heads; it doesn’t even matter if your white seabass head contains the tiny tag implanted by HSWRI. Every angler becomes eligible for each head they turn in for the semi-annual drawing sponsored by MDRA that pays $500 to the holder of the lucky number. For more information on where to turn in your white seabass head visit www.hswri.org or call 877-SAVEWSB.

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It’s a bit of a riddle for anglers when considering how to plan the next fishing trip. The obvious factor is mother-nature and when/if she’ll provide a weather window. Of course it’s always prudent to look at advanced forecasted patterns before going on any longer range trips.

Around Santa Monica Bay it’s been a steady bonito bite in shallow waters. I’ve found the most effective thing is to bring small Rapala’s to get them close to the boat, then chum them up with anchovies or sardines. That will keep the bite around. Besides that, there is still other stuff around the bay to fill up bags - white fish, sculpin, calicos, sandbass and also a few sheephead. Ling cod season closes the end of November.

The lobster are still in shallow water, but look for them to be moving deeper once the weather turns. If your heading over to Catalina, look to target calicos and bonito.

For the best shot at yellowtail, take the run to San Clemente or the Cortes Banks. It’s pretty wide open for bottom fish around there too. And if you are in the San Diego area, the albies down there are still hot. I’m leaving my whole tackle box open.

On the bait seine: Larry and Mike at Inseine Baits have had anchovies and sardines.

Until next time.................tight lines

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R A C I N G S C E N EHere’s a few tips from Gary Jobson, who served as Ted Turner’s tactician during his winning campaign in the America’s Cup and has been ESPN’s sailing correspondent for over twenty years graciously passed on some of his vast knowledge about the sport he has dedicated his life to perfecting and promoting.

Keep Instruments VisibleIn our age of modern electronics, it is important to place instruments so that all crew members can see them. Often the best spot is directly under thegooseneckbelow theboomon themast. Ifind themost importantinstruments are boat speed, true wind speed, true wind direction. Fair the KeelMany boats do not have a fair keel on both sides. Sometimes the mold to built the keel is a little out of shape or as the years go by the shapes of the keels change when they rest on a cradle for the winter, bump into submerged objects, run aground or expand and contract in different temperatures. So you would serve your purpose well over the winter of havingyourkeelfairedsothattheflowofthewaterisexactlythesameonboat sides. This is a large task but will produce dramatic results. Adding SpeedMany sailors try to handicap their yachts to maximize a low rating. But an opposite approach is to increase speed in spite of a rating gain by adding sail area. The best place to add sail area is to increase the length of the foot of the mainsail. Often this can be accomplished without getting a longer boom. But more sail area on the main allows you to sail closer to the wind when sailing upwind and faster when sailing downwind. Your rating will

go up a little but often it is worth it. Move Your Jib Leads FrequentlyOne of the most important adjustments you can make on any yacht is your jib lead. Every boat should be set up so that the jib lead car can move easily along a track. This adjustment is made with a block and tackle system so that the jib trimmer can adjust the lead position. On larger boats this is often done with a hydraulic ram. A simple rule is to keep the tell tailsalongtheluffflowingaftevenly.Iftheuppertailluffsfirstyourjiblead should move forward. This is particularly true anytime you bear off and the jib is eased a few inches. If the boat becomes overpowered due to too much wind, you can easily de-power the jib by moving the lead aft.Halyard TensionHalyard tension on both the main and jib should be adjusted frequently with every change of wind velocity. Easing the halyard off increases the draft in a sail and also lets the camber of the sail move aft. When the wind comes up, you take your halyard tighter to reduce draft and keep the maximum camber forward as you increase the tension on your sheets.Is Your Mast in the Middle of the Boat?It is important to make sure that your mast is in the middle of the boat. Using a halyard and a bucket with weight in it, measure the distance of the tipof themast to the sideof theboatonboth sides. Ifindafterseveral months of sailing, one set of shrouds stretches and the boat will not sail at the same speed on different tacks. You can correct this by taking measurements and making the appropriate adjustments.

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By Jim Cash

Port Elizabeth To Mossel Baai (Mussel Bay), South Africa

Ship’s Log - April 1, 2001, 0430hrs Wind shift to our favor, so we left PE. Seas 3 to 4 meters winds gusting to 25 knots. We turned west and set the spinnaker with double reefed main. Rain and overcast. Boat speed 10-12 knots.

We were just starting to see daylight when we made the decision to leave Port Elizabeth. Mark and I went about setting sail and were able to put the spinnaker up right away. The wind was off our starboard quarter, a perfect point of sail for Kat Atomic. We settled into a smooth 10+ knotsanddecidedtoputoutourfishingrig inthehopesofhavingafreshoceanfishdinner.

While in Durban, at the beginning of my journey from South Africa, I had envisioned buying somesubstantialdeepseafishinggear.Iwenttoalocalfishingtacklesupplyhouse,confessedmy ignorance, and told them of our impending voyage. “Oh, you want a feather jig on a hand line s’all,” he said with an accent you could have cutwithascalingknife.“Whenthefishhits,itjust pops to the surface and skates along like a water-skier.” I looked up slowly, staring into his eyes to discern if he was making a joke at this American’s expense. I walked out of the store with about $15 worth of gear. I was skeptical, but several hundred dollars to the good, and the funny thing is—it worked like a charm. We hadfreshfishjustaboutanytimeourtastebudscalled for us to reel out the line.

Making 10 knots, we had sailed past some of the more famous of the South African port cities and protected anchorages, such as Port St. Francis,PlettenbergBay,andKnysna.Ourfirstgear failure came just offshore from Cape St. Francis,notfarfromKnysna.Itwasthechafingof the spinnaker halyard, about two meters from the shackle, meaning it was inside the mast below the top exit sheave for the halyard. Not

wanting to chance having the halyard chafe through and possibly damage the spinnaker, we were destined to sail the rest of the way to Cape Town without the big sail.

The seas were high, the skies gray, and both hulls were throwing up small rooster tails in ourwake. Iwasfighting tokeepcolor inmycheekswhenInoticedthefish.Adisappointingthingaboutfishingonahandline—thereisnodrama. If thefishhits the lureat tenknots, itimmediately pops to the surface and drags along behindtheboat.Wehadourfirstfreshfishfordinner that night (seared Ahi Tuna).

Ships Log - April 02, 2001, Log 0905 hrs

Position S34º 04.00´ E22º 22.00 Spectacular sunrise. Barometer down four mbs, wind has turned on us again. Very bumpy. Wind/waves 30 degrees off port bow…. very bumpy.Log - 1700 hrs - Local radio announced another front with 30-50 knot winds on the way. Decided to put into Mossel baai. (Mussel Bay). Unlike the area between Durban and East London, where there is no opportunity to put in, this area had a variety of quaint ports of call. We poured over the chart while keeping one eye on the barometer. Winds had come around to the beam and were inching forward. As any sailor knows, a sailboat is powered by the apparent wind, rather than the true wind. The faster the boat sails, the further forward the apparent wind is pushed. In gusts, a catamaran will accelerate so fast that the boat wind will overpower the true wind, and the resulting apparent wind will swing around directly on the nose. When this

happens, the boat slows immediately—allowing the apparent wind to ease back and then the cycle starts again. The resulting motion is a start-and-stop feeling one may get in rush hour traffic, as the flow speeds up and then comesto an immediate stop. The motion is jerky and the progress slows dramatically, as leeway (sideways slipping) increases. We saw the knot meter get a workout as speeds surged back and forth from over 10 knots to zero, the bows surfed the crests, then dipped into a trough of a wave when the boat would shutter to a stop. The buoyancy built into the bows forced them to spring upward after being submerged, and the curved design of the decks shed the green water quickly and the cycle would start again. The ride was like being on a water-ride at Magic-Mountain.

I was grateful for the decision to put in—the news that we were turning toward shore gave me a surge of energy and a feeling of recovery from a bout of seasickness. The medicinal workings of the mind never cease to amaze me.

Mussel Bay is a little coastal town, but very charming, populated mostly by the Dutch descendents in South Africa, known as Afrikaans. We made it into the harbor after dark, found a slip at the transit dock, and walked to the town for dinner ashore. The Post Tree restaurant on Powrie Street had been recommended by the Harbormaster. Jeandre and Teodora were its gracious hosts, and our fare unquestionably lived up to their establishment’s motto: “Friendly Company and Superb Cuisine.”

The next morning was pleasantly spent visiting the quaint shops in town. However, when we arrived back at the harbor, we learned that a weather window was in the making, and at 1430 hours, made a reluctant decision to leave this “secret” little coastal town. We then left, motor-sailing on a close reach sailing Southwest, waiting for the expected Southeast wind shift to arrive. The seas were rough, and dinner was postponed for the night.

South Africa to Marina del ReyAn Excerpt from First Time Across, a soon to be released book by South Bay Yacht Racing Club Commodore Jim Cash, where he describes the journey from South Africa to MDR in a 36-foot catamaran.

Photo courtesy of Jim Cash

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Timer – In my humble opinion, there’s nothing better than having electronics with a timer that the entire crew can see. One crew can always be in charge of calling the timer, but I prefer a quiet start where the timer itself indicates exactly to the crew how close we are to the start of the race.

Variation of the true upwind direction (VTD) – in other words, an indicator of headers and lifts before and during the race. Racers usually get to the race course early to observe the wind patterns, i.e. how is the wind shifting as you sail away from the starting area. During the race, it is an advantage to have an indicator to refer to – to stay on a tack/jibe or to change course and therefore optimize your speed to your buoy.

Speed – it’s important to have this instrument especially when practicing to determine how well the boat is moving. You can get instruments that tell you speed through the water (which require a thru-plug) or simply use a tactical GPS and get speed over ground (SOG). SOG used by GPS is now very precise and is a simple but good indicator of speed. Speed is very much necessary during practice to see how fast you can get back to your “target speed” after a tack or during a jibe. IN determing the effects of trimming adjustments and weight placement, a speed gague is vital. Being in tune to with boat speed is important so you can better anticipate your next move during the race.

Velocity Made Good – By definition: “Thespeed of a yacht relative to the waypoint it wants to reach, or toward or away from the wind”. During boat racing, it is extremely rare to sail directly to the mark (except for point to point races, random leg races,…). During buoy races (windward-leeward or Olympic triangle races), the VMG is very often used to see how fast you are sailing to the mark. Downwind, VMG is a great indicator of the right jibe to sail on. During long-distance races, VMG information is often critical in making the right decision.

These are my “top 4” but there are now many more indicators available in new electronics to help you become a better sailor and racer. I have raced on dinghies, beachcats, sportboats and large keelboats. I have to admit that it is nice to have these features on a boat you are racing on. However, with today’s progresses, there are now packages available, relatively inexpensive that offer much more. We are now using GPS devices, pretty much ready to be mounted on the

boat (Velcro or simple mast bracket) with dual displays. Such units require very little operation while sailing. The data cycled during the race can even give additional information such as distance to the starting line during the starting sequence and the distance to the layline while sailing. In addition, most units record your track and can later be downloaded to a computer, analyzed and compared with other boats.

Instruments are a great way to improve your sailing skills, on an individual basis and can also be used to gain an advantage against others on the race course.

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Q: What’s your take on electronics as it pertains to yacht racing?Sammarcelli: First of all, the best way to go fast is to practice. Crew handling is key on any boat, in any class. If you race One Design, chances are there are rules regarding electronics that are very strict and limiting. If you are racing in a handicap system, then electronics should only be used as indicators to optimize your boat and crew performances.

Electronics have made some huge advances, but unless you are planning on racing the next Vendee Globe Challenge, most of us do not need the high tech and very expensive instruments. It is important to get the right equipment to improve your sailing and racing skills. The last thing a sailor wants is: A: to spend an entire season tryingtofigureouttousetheelectronicsaboardand B: become dependant on the equipment.

Q: What specific features do you look for in racing-related instruments?Sammarcelli: There are lots of brands and systems that offer many solutions and options. As a racer, I am concerned about several variables when racing: timer, variation of the true upwind direction, speed and VMG.

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